Bennetts Suzuki's Tommy Bridewell overcame a huge crash in the opening MCE British Superbike race at Oulton Park, to come back a little battered and bruised to hold on to take third in the last race of the day at the Cheshire track.
The DNF in race one dashed any hopes of him realistically making it into the Showdown, but he racked up some solid points on Sunday, with a sixth place finish in race two to add to his rostrum finish in the third race.
The Devizes swearbox is tenth in the overall standings, and proved his Suzuki is capable of setting a pace quick enough to challenge with the title fighters, and now he will be looking to progress even more going into the next round at Donington Park.
"I have got to say credit to the team. We haven't made the Showdown this year and it was always going to be hard on an older bike and I can honestly say the team built me a brand new bike from scratch last night," said Bridewell after the race.
"Race one today I didn't ride my best as I wanted to keep some energy and I could barely move on the bike and my legs were sore and my back, shoulder, my hand - everything. But it is all good."